Lots of speculation and argument around the ‘net already about the election that won’t happen until 2016, especially in regards to the “president,” of course. With no eligible incumbent and a VP who is less qualified than a dish of scrambled eggs, the field is wide open. Plenty of discussion of Ms Clinton and her vast array of conflicting liabilities and supposed assets, with some national pundits even talking openly about her long history of lies and deception, yet she is considered by many as viable candidate. Ron Paul is “too radical” for a lot of folks, and most of the rest of the potential candidates are pretty scary to one faction or another. Mr. Cruz has no look in, since he’s Canadian, but not black… and so it goes.
The one thing I’m not seeing much of is rational analysis of the actual job description in the Constitution, for whatever that’s worth, and how the various candidates might carry out those required duties and no more. Just what do people truly think a president should be doing and why?
The Constitution reads thus:
Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 2 – Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
Pretty vague, yet far reaching “powers” there, but I don’t see a single word that even comes close to granting a president the power to provide things like jobs, “gun control,” health care, “safe” foods or any of the thousand and one things the current occupier of the office seems to think are his prerogative to dictate, by force, on everyone in the country – and personally! He’s decided he doesn’t even need congress to create a utopia for all of us… Those things which are, more or less, spelled out as presidential duties above are quite clearly tied to the actions of the congress, but these ties have been weakened and in many cases abandoned altogether, especially in the last decade or so.
Where did all that stuff come from? How did the POTUS gain the power, let alone any responsibility, to provide (or deny) contraceptives, save the earth from plant food (CO2), or any of the rest of it?
So, what do you expect a “president” to do, and why do you think one is needed at all? Or will Hillary become the “less of two evils?”
(Please note that I use the “constitution” only for comparison. I don’t need or want any of it myself. I govern my own life.)